Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Judy Matthews writes from Ontario, Canada
I have just finished my first Burren mystery and an hooked. Fourteen years ago we spent a week in Doolin hiking all over the Burren and now reading you describe the landscape and seascape is like being there again. Thank you so much.

Tue Sep 8 16:19:43 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Just finished book 2 about the city of Cork, Marlene. It will go to be edited next week and should come out some time in early 2016. They are tougher and harder than the Mara books and it's rather nice to be able to turn, as I will next week, from the harsh corrupt society of 1923 back to the last days of Celtic Ireland.

Thu Aug 27 09:50:26 2015

m writes from Ireland (North)
Thanks for your reply. I'll keep my eyes open for the new arrival.

I didn't think anything could rival The Burren Mysteries but your new series certainly gives them a run for their money.

Thanks again for many hours of pleasure.


Thu Aug 27 08:52:09 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Judi.

Are you able to access amazon from New Zealand? I must confess that I buy everything from Amazon these days. It's not just the price, it's the choice that you have. Most bookshops seem to decide on a few 'bestsellers' and fill the shop with them.

Libraries are a great source, also. It's always worth asking for a book.

I've a new series out about Cork city in the 1920s. The detective is a young policeman who works with the assistance of an elderly nun who taught him as a child. So far it has been well-reviewed. You can read about it on the home page of this website. Your library might get a copy if you asked.

Wed Aug 19 10:27:16 2015

Judi Cleary Tomlinson writes from Christchurch New Zealand
I have been reading all your books about my Lady Judge, but they seem impossible to purchase here in NZ. They are fantastic books, very hard to put own once you start reading.
They keep you guessing right up to the end when Mara finds her suspect.
Many thanks for such wonderful reading matter.
My family came from Ireland ,so that is another reason why your books are so fascinatin g.

Tue Aug 18 23:52:48 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I've just seen the cover, Marlene, so it should be out in a month or so, I'd say.

It's called 'A Fatal Inheritance' and it deals with the affairs in a valley south of Fanore where 'Condemned to Death' was set.

I'm glad that you like my other series set in Cork in the 1920s.

Many thanks for writing.

Tue Aug 18 13:13:09 2015

marlene Hazlehurst writes from Ireland (North)

I've read every single Burren mystery and thoroughly enjoy them. I was wondering when the next one is due out.

at the moment I'm reading A Shameful murder and am really enjoying it.

Tue Aug 18 12:59:59 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you Anna. It's great to hear that you liked it and that you found the characters believable.

I have just finished writing the second one and have sent it off to my editor. Hope she likes it. My agent enjoyed it and he can be quite critical, so I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Mon Jul 13 16:23:57 2015

Anna matthews writes from wales
I have just read a" shameful murder" and thoroughly enjoyed it, I thought the characters were extremely believable and the story line was interesting and gripping. When is the next one coming out? I can't wait. Thank you for a good story.

Mon Jul 13 15:51:14 2015

Cora Harrsion writes from Ireland
Brenda: I hope you have a lovely time.

Elke: Sorry, no. I'm afraid that only books 1 & 2 have been translated into German.

Thu Jul 2 16:34:17 2015

ELKE writes from Deutschland

Sehr geehrte Frau Harrison,

ich habe die ersten beiden Bücher aus der Serie The Burren Mysteries gelesen. Werden die Bücher 3 bis 12 auch in deutscher Sprache erscheinen?

Freundliche Grüße
Elke Dellermann

Thu Jul 2 15:38:34 2015

Brenda writes from Canada
I have spent some time going over the trip itinerary and a trip to the Burren is going to be a last minute decision if I can make it happen. I am sorry I won't be able to meet you this trip but I am planning another in the near future. In the mean time I will continue to enjoy reading your Burren Mysteries as they are published, your new Reverend Mother Mysteries as they become available and I will enjoy touring your home country on my visit next month.
All the best to you Cora

Tue Jun 30 21:27:38 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
'A Fatal Inheritance' will be coming out sometime in November, I think. This one is set about a mile further south of Fanore (the beach in 'Condemned to Death'). There's a marvellous stony valley there where the cliffs almost look like stone buildings and the area is riddled with caves and is supposed to be haunted by the ancient gods of Ireland. It's a very atmospheric place and I thoroughly enjoyed writing about it.
Hope you like it when you read the story.

Fri Jun 19 10:17:21 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Brenda,
Sorry not to have replied sooner. I've been away on a holiday on the coastline and islands of west Cork, without Internet access.
What part of Ireland are you visiting?
I think that Easons have the book in their branches.
If you are anywhere around the Burren I would love to meet you again.
Am feeling very much better now, thank you.
All the best,,

Fri Jun 19 10:11:43 2015

Anne Dooling writes from USA
Just finished the last of the series, "Condemned to Death". Absolutely love the series, and hope there are more coming! Have been to the Burren, and Poulnabrone twice. Having read your series it made those visits so much more fun! Many thanks!

Sat Jun 13 18:58:15 2015

Brenda writes from Canada
I enjoyed reading the first chapter of your new Reverend Mother Series. I am hoping to purchase your latest books when I travel to Ireland this summer. Do you ever place autographed copies in any of the bookstores or for purchase on line. My friend Eileen's trip this summer is to celebrate her 70th birthday with two other generations of her family. She hopes to share some family history with them. If there is any chance to purchase an autographed copy of the first book in your new series please let me know, it would be a memorable gift.
I hope you are enjoying good health and good summer weather.

Fri Jun 12 15:17:33 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Prish, for a wonderful review. Writing this book brought back memories of the stories told by my father and my mother and I am delighted that it appealed to you.
Many thanks.

Tue Jun 2 18:53:11 2015

Prish Hawkes

Dear Cora
I am putting a review for A Shameful Murder on your guestbook as I am such luddite I can't work out how to put it on your review page!
‘A Shameful Murder’ is the first mystery novel with Reverend Mother Aquinas. Set during the civil war that follows the establishment of the Free state in Ireland, the Reverend Mother finds a washed up body at the gate of the convent chapel. She asks the gardener to fetch Sergeant Patrick Cashman, a former pupil ,to come and investigate and then also turns to a friend, Dr Scher, to help unravel the truth about the dead girl , who looked like a drowned mermaid, and who killed her .....the suspense builds gradually with intricate details of the protagonists lives and character.Reverend Mother teases out the clues that lead her and her team to solve a mystery of double identity and blackmail and the killer of the dead girl.

The research into the period is impeccable and lends weight and depth to the development of story; then the turning point in the narrative:of the storm, flooding of the streets in the city of Cork and the republican raid on Cork station all come together with nail biting suspense and then the eventual unravelling of the mystery!!
I found it hard to put the book down ,even taking it with me in the car so I could snatch a few extra minutes to read ! Thank you for a great read Cora and here's to the next Reverend Mother Mystery.

Tue Jun 2 16:55:32 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Oh, thank you, Kathleen. I'm so relieved to hear that you liked it. Someone else from net galley, who liked my Mara books, put a poor review on Amazon, so I am so pleased that you found it enjoyable and that you liked the relationship with Lucy. I'm 76 and it's interesting, isn't it, how relatives, over the years take on a certain role where conversation are always fun and follow on well-laid down lines.

I've just finished writing the second book and hope ou like it, also.

Mon Jun 1 18:39:37 2015

Kathleen C. Ingram writes from US
I just received A Shameful Murder from NetGalley and it was so WONDERFUL I never every wanted it to end. That have my review which will go out auto released on my Blog in August. 5 Stars of course..
I think they sent it to Twitter and it is on GoodReads with a spoiler warning.
It so reminded me ( relationship wise) of my cousin Patricia and I.. Irish first cousins.. I will be 70 soon..We had our first trip to Ireland a year ago this week. We did not get to Cork City but I do have Fant cousins time..
WHEN will the next one come out? I am autoapproved at Netgalley.. Yay!

Mon Jun 1 18:04:46 2015

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Maria,
It's so heart-warming to get messages like yours. I love to think that others enjoy the world that I created and can sympathize with Mara's joys, delights, worries and heart-rending sorrows.
The next Mara book: A FATAL INHERITANCE, comes out in November. It is set in a strange valley, fully of cliffs and caves, just south of Fanore where the last book, CONDEMNED TO DEATH was placed. I hope that you will enjoy it when it comes out.
And then I have planned another few Mara books so I hope that you continue to enjoy them.
Also I have A SHAMEFUL MURDER with a new heroine, a feisty Reverend Mother, Superior of a school for slum children in the city of the Cork, southern Ireland, during the civil war. You might enjoy that, also. I think that it will come out in the US next autumn.
All the best, and many thanks for writing,

Wed May 27 18:06:00 2015

Maria Dios writes from Massachusets, USA
Dear Cora,
I have so enjoyed your Burren mysteries. I have read them straight through all of them which is very unusual for me. I usually need a break from an author's style. These books never ceased to awe me with information, good writing, wit and the wonderful culture of the West of Ireland. I am sad that they are over. Whatever will I read now?
Please let us know when you have a new one out!!
Best regards and thank you for these gits.

Tue May 26 22:25:31 2015

David Clark writes from Spain
Dear Cora,

I’m preparing a paper for the EFACIS conference on the relationship between Irish crime writers and contemporary publishing practices. I’d be really grateful if you could look at the following questionnaire and answer as many of the questions as you like. I’d also be grateful if you could circulate this to any other published Irish crime writer. Many thanks in advance. If you’d like any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

1) Which publishing houses have published your works of crime fiction?
2) If more than one publisher, please briefly outline reasons for change.
3) Have you published outside Ireland? If so, why?
4) Has an agent influenced your choice of publisher?
5) Would you prefer to publish in Ireland?
6) Do you perceive any change in the world of publishing in recent times? If so, please comment briefly.
7) Have you published in e-book format? If so, please rate your experience.
8) Did contact with other writers influence your relationship with publishers?
9) Is your overall experience with your publishers satisfactory?
10) Please add any further information or views on the state of crime fiction and its relationship with the world of publishing in Ireland today.
Please send completed replies to:
All best wishes,

Dr David M. Clark
Secretary European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS)

Mon May 11 10:18:28 2015

Mike writes from Cork
Cora, you are a star. Thank you! The Tara website had a great catalogue.

Have a great summer!

Mon May 4 20:27:12 2015

rita davern writes from USA
Hi, Cora
I am sorry to hear about your winter of health problems and happy to hear that you are feeling better!

My niece and I will be in the Burren May 8-15
filming for a documentary about the Davorens and their 1200 years in the Burren.

I would love to meet you at our usual place for tea if you would like. I think of you often and wish you well always!

Rita Davern

Mon May 4 06:25:20 2015

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